Wednesday 7 April 2010

Active Travel sees Rising demand on India's Ganges and Hooghly Rivers

ACTIVE TRAVEL, Australian GSA for the Assam-Bengal Navigation Company (ABN) has reported a significant increase in demand for its India river cruise programme on the Ganges, Hooghly and Brahmaputra rivers.

ABN operates two identical vessels, RV Chairadew and RV Sukapha. Each accommodates 24 passengers in 12 comfortable airconditioned cabins. Onboard facilities include a spacious saloon with French windows opening onto a front balcony deck and the dining-room offers a delicious variety of local and western dishes

Richard Cunningham, Marketing Manager for Active Travel, said "the Ganges has had a lot of publicity in the past 12 months with another well-known operator starting a new India programme. That company has now publicly withdrawn from India. I believe this is a strong endorsement of the our product, which is well-planned, well-executed and delivers great customer satisfaction."

For the 2010/2011 cruising season ABN is offer several programmes in the region. An eight day Hooghly Explorer begins in Kolkata and explores the many remnants of Portuguese, Danish and French colonial history on a cruise to Jangipur (or vice versa). Prices start at $1595 per person, twin share.

Alternatively, a nine day Holy Ganges cruises along the eastern section of the Ganges, from the Farraka Barrage to Patna – where there are easy onward connections to Varanasi, Agra or Delhi. Prices from $2455 per person, twin share. It is also possible to combine the two trips, cruising all the way from Kolkata to Patna on a two-week trip priced from $5315 per person twin share.

In addition the company offers several cruises in Assam, on the Brahmaputra River.

For further details contact Active Travel, in Sydney, on 02 9264 1231.

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